A minister of Parliament has presented a petition to the House of Commons in protest of owner Mike Ashley.
Newcastle added Ki Sung-Yueng on a free transfer from relegated Swansea City, but sold defender Chancel Mbemba to Porto and Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad and may also lose Aleksandar Mitrovic, who was sent on loan to Fulham last season, to a permanent move.
Newcastle Central's Labour MP, Chi Onwurah, delivered the petition to the House of Commons as "a way of bringing the concerns of fans directly to Parliament."
Supporters generated their own online petition in recent days, threatening to abandon the club unless Benitez is given a new contract, and because Onwurah could not introduce that petition in Parliament, she drafted her own.
"[The petition says] that the current manager, Rafa Benitez, needs the support of both fans and the club's owner, that this support should include investment in players, training facilities and community engagement ... [and] the owner, Mike Ashley, has not made this support forthcoming," Onwurah said, presenting the petition.
"The petitioners therefore request the House of Commons urge that the government take action to prevent unscrupulous football club owners from exploiting the clubs, their fans and local communities, with particular reference to Mike Ashley and Newcastle United Football Club."